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White House connects Comey firing, 'conclusion' of Russian Federation probe

Christy Curtis | 14 May, 2017, 00:25

He described Comey as a "showboat" and "grandstander". But critics will question whether Trump is perhaps implying that he recorded his conversations with Comey.

McCabe was a last-minute substitute for Comey at the Senate hearing, which was supposed to bring together the heads of the major intelligence agencies to outline security threats from around the globe, an annual report mandated by Congress.

Trump's comments came amid increased criticism of the White House's evolving explanation of the firing.

In a separate clip from the wide-ranging interview, Trump also revealed that he specifically asked Comey whether he was under federal investigation for possible ties to Russian Federation.

Mr. Trump said one of the three times was at a dinner with Mr. Comey, which Mr. Trump said was requested by the director with the aim of keeping his job. "I said, 'If it's possible, will you let me know if I'm under investigation?' He said, 'You're not under investigation'".

In his letter to Comey, Trump said that the FBI director had told him "on three occasions, that I am not under investigation".

"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation completely and vigorously", he said. How can you be totally candid with the guy now and not measure everything you say?

Blumenthal followed, "But as a former prosecutor, you know that when there is an investigation into several potentially culpable individuals, the evidence from those individuals and can lead to others, correct?" "I don't see that as an issue", Sanders said.

Though some of the images suggested Trump was clearly aware he was being photographed, the White House reportedly tried to blame the Russians for the photos, saying it did not anticipate the photos would be posted online.

North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits
Widespread views are that the communist nation has used the detentions as bargaining chips in its negotiations with Washington. Advising Americans on the risks involved in traveling to North Korea, Adams noted the brutality of the DPRK's legal system.

"I can not defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgement that he was mistaken", Rosenstein wrote.

Trump abruptly relieved Comey of his duties Tuesday.

Once more the president's remarks were quickly contradicted - this time by the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Richard Burr, and his Democrat counterpart, Mark Warner.

The national, online survey polled 1,731 registered voters from May 9-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. One official said Trump asked Rosenstein and Sessions for their views on Comey, then asked the deputy attorney general to synthesize his thoughts in a memo. Indeed, Trump himself acknowledged during an interview that aired Thursday that he planned to fire Comey regardless of the Justice Department's recommendation.

After an interview with Fox Business's Lou Dobbs on Tuesday night, the White House press secretary "disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge" while news of Comey's firing unfolded and reporters sought more information, WaPo's Jenna Johnson reported on Wednesday. Were the 45th President of the United States to be forced from office before his term expired, the events of this week might well be remembered as the beginning of that premature end.

"The (Justice Department) lost confidence in Director Comey". He would not comment on conversations between Trump and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Widespread reports in the USA media suggested that Comey was asking for more resources for that investigation.

Sanders also said that the White House would "love" for the investigation "to be completed so that we can all move on". "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation".


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